The blog of E. Anthony Collins (Tony), Filmmaker and Educator,

Unit 5

By pwsbuilder | January 13, 2022 |

LEARNING UNIT 5 The pitch What is a pitch deck? Assignment 7: Pitch your story and screenplay to the class in five minutes. No matter where your story is situated in the building process, it is important that you are continuing to explore, rewrite and pitch your ideas. By rewriting and by pitching, you can integrate…


By pwsbuilder | January 13, 2022 |

LEARNING UNIT 4 Dramatic conflict, actions and character motivations; turning points, the mid-point crisis, Aristotle’s Poetics and the three-act story structure Assignment 6: Re-write a scene with two characters, including–EXT/INT, LOCATION, and TIME indicated at the top of scenes–three pages. Print your work in progress, as you wish, so we can share and discuss in class.…


By pwsbuilder | January 13, 2022 |

LEARNING UNIT 3: Visualization of Process and Interaction Assignment 5 Writing a visual sequence, being mindful of verbs and actions. In this assignment you can explore the visualization of process. CLICK HERE

Visualization: Process and interaction

By pwsbuilder | January 13, 2022 |

Every SHOT and SEQUENCE in every film demonstrates either PROCESS or INTERACTION, or both at the same time. Definitions: Process: a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end. For example, a person walking from point A to point B and eventually to point Z is a process. A series of shots…


By pwsbuilder | January 13, 2022 |

LEARNING UNIT 2 Improvisation, treatments, outlines, and the writing of scenes Assignment 4: Write a scene with your main character interacting in a conversation with someone else in three pages or less. Integrate dramatic conflict in their dialogue. Give each character an objective. Embed dramatic conflict in the dialogue. We must want to learn something about…


By pwsbuilder | January 13, 2022 |

LEARNING UNIT 1 The big picture: Building a screenplay It’s time for you to determine the best step forward as you begin your journey through the land of screenplay writing. Assignment 1: Write an essay of any length to clarify your purpose–what do you want to do, say, and realize? What do you hope to learn in…

VIsual rhetoric

By pwsbuilder | January 13, 2022 |

The simplest definition for visual rhetoric is the use of visual images to communicate meaning. … In other words, visual literacy is the ability to “read” and “write” images and the meanings those images communicate. DOCUMENTARY VO “What is writing?”

Expressivity questions-prompts

By pwsbuilder | January 13, 2022 |

Students are asked by the instructor to respond in writing to the questions and statements below. The only instruction given is to not write in complete sentences, but to respond in three-, four-, or five-word phrases. If a particular question does not interest you, or if nothing occurs to you, then write something else. The…

Bloom’s taxonomy

By pwsbuilder | January 13, 2022 |

Bloom’s taxonomy is a set of three hierarchical models used to classify educational learning objectives into levels of complexity and specificity. The three lists cover the learning objectives in cognitive, affective and sensory domains. The cognitive domain list has been the primary focus of most traditional education and is frequently used to structure curriculum learning objectives,…


By pwsbuilder | January 13, 2022 |

Readings in mindful filmmaking The eight-fold path Bloom’s taxonomy of learning Vocabulary of filmmaking terms Four Domains Summary of Syd Field Screenplay Syd Field Three Act Structure Dramatica Comparison of 7 Paradigms 10 Tips for Beginning Filmmakers What is a pitch deck ? Generating ideas, creativity, and qualitative research methods Proprioceptive Writing Expressivity questions-prompts Creativity…

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